Rise of the “Nones”

A new report out from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life highlights the continued increase in the percentage of the U.S. population that claims no religious affiliation (now at 19.6%).

Even among these so-called “nones,” however, the majority still believe in God and identify as either “religious” or “spiritual.” So while this is hardly a secularization story, it does draw attention to “nonaffiliated” as a viable and important category in American religious life.

Knoxville’s WBIR television station invited me to react to this report and what it means for religion in America.

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